Ignore Your Body’s Messages and They’ll Only Get LOUDER
Ever feel like you’re stuck in a certain spot? And you turn on the TV or pass a bookstore and a certain message keeps jumping out at you? And your brain is like, “Hmmm . . . that’s weird. I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. Why does that keep happening?”
Well, hang onto your shorts because I’m about to get really deep.
In regards to these returning messages, I believe they’re the very things we need to pay attention to. Some part of us, our intuition, our soul . . . is calling this “something” to our attention. I mean, in the general blur of daily routines (working, eating, sleeping, dropping the kids off here and there. . .ok, not me, but maybe you. . . sleeping again, starting the whole thing over the next morning) well, things get missed. If you don’t pay attention (i.e. Take the hint), the message keeps coming and can start to affect you in physical ways. Maybe it shows up as headaches, tummy troubles, misery . . . a general sense of being stuck, an inability to change direction or move forward.
Those feelings only keep coming and they start getting LOUDER, as in we become more miserable.
How to Listen to Your Body’s Messages
So the question becomes, what do we do about it? If we assume that our emotions are our body’s way of telling us something isn’t right, maybe we can start there.
According to the gurus Esther and Jerry Hicks, authors of “Money, and the Law of Attraction,” as soon as we become aware that our emotional state is off (i.e. we experience negative emotion in some way), that’s a sign that we’re out of sync with our soul’s desire (note: our soul basically wants to us to be happy little creators in this lovely universe) and when we experience negative emotions, we need to pay attention and change our thoughts. In other words, imagine life as we want it to be, not as it is.
Esther and Jerry call it a ‘pivot,’ which I love because it reminds me of basketball (even though I sucked at it in high school), but if we think about going in one direction, then stopping and pivoting, it’s a very helpful visual. The pivot goes something like this . . . after you’ve come up with your own personal list of wants, imagining all the good things that could come from them (positive aspects), then you keep them rolling through your head (in a sense of guaranteed expectation). Then, when your body reacts in any kind of a negative way, pay attention and slowly shift your thoughts back to the positive.
How to Turn Your Thoughts from Negative to Positive (to bring good things)
WHAT DO I WANT? Example: I want an abundance of money to flow into my life.
WHAT ARE THE PLUSSES? More freedom to travel, can shop at Dierburg’s whenever I want (mm-hmm), purchase a second home, start my sustainable living retreat, etc.
OH, NO! (A bill arrives.) I’m bummed because I barely have enough to pay it.
And now . . . PIVOT! (Turn your thoughts around . S.L.O.W.L.Y.)
Jerry and Esther Hicks talk about the fact that you can’t go from feeling super negative to super positive . . . it’s a baby step process. You start to tell your story as you want it to be . . . Start with something slightly positive like . . . “This isn’t so bad. I can swing it. I paid all the bills last month and made it just fine. I’ll do it again. Good things seem to happen when I least expect it. I’m going to get a call any day now about XYZ job. Things will turn around. They always do . . .”
And eventually you get up to . . . “I look forward to having more money in my life. I look forward to the freedom. I’ve always wanted to travel to LaLa Land. It’s coming. It’s on its way. I have a good feeling about it . . .”
When you feel your body getting calm and you have no more tension or worry (or less tension and worry), you’re on your way.
Now . . . practice, practice, practice!
♥ I recommend you pick up Jerry and Esther’s book about the Law of Attraction because it’s a delight to read. If you’ve read my other blogs, you know I’m a bit of an optimist but even if you aren’t, it’s the sort of philosophy you can easily latch onto and incorporate into your life. Like I told my sweet beau the other day, worrying about things never got me what I wanted so I’m going to try the opposite of that and stop worrying and see how that turns out. This book has turned around my thinking: Money and the Law of Attraction
And guess what? Great things HAVE been happening. Truly. It’s nothing short of amazing.
Why Does Our Intuition Decline As We Get Older?
Regarding the above, I could just as easily have asked . . . “Why do we stop listening to our soul’s advice as we get older?”
But intuition works, too. My personal belief is that American society (unlike Eastern societies) thinks ‘gut feelings’ aren’t as reliable as scientific “I-can-see-it data,” but I don’t believe that to be true. I’ve sure you’ve had those moments when you sensed something scary was about to happen. Or you knew that your man/boss/best friend was not being up front about something only because you felt like something was off. Unfortunately, we often go about trying to either prove or disprove our gut feelings and that sort of defeats the purpose. Trusting that part of us . . . just like our intellect . . . is an important step in our personal happiness. The two work hand in hand. Paying attention to one at the expense of the other isn’t a good thing. In fact, I believe we need to strengthen our intuition. As for me, I do that by meditating. (Check out my blog on meditation.) Whenever I’m feeling off, I meditate. It re-centers me, grounds me, gets my head screwed back on straight. I cannot say enough good things about this very simple tool.
And speaking of good tools to help you with, well . . . life stuff, I recently discovered a pair of life coaches who do wonderful things. Love them! ♥ Click on this link from the girls at Clarity on Fire: Access Your Wisdom I’m keeping this one on my re-read list.
Additional Words of Wisdom Regarding Life Struggles
- Don’t be so hard on yourself.
- Tell yourself you love yourself every day. (Sounds weird, but trust me, you need it.)
- Remind yourself that this will all work itself out in the long run. I use the words . . . “Everything is working in Divine Right Order . . .” but if that’s too much for you, find your own words of comfort. “This too shall pass” often does the trick.
- Remember that you’re doing the best you can in this moment (with the awareness that you have) so don’t beat yourself up. None of us have time machines. You can’t go backwards. You can only go forward.
- Take a walk. Pay attention to the beauty around you. (Sometimes it takes an hour, but you’ll eventually see it.)
- MEDITATE DAILY!!
- When you notice icky feelings, pay attention and PIVOT! Since like attracts like, your personal vibration goes up when you’re happy and better things come your way. Side note: I imagine my vibration (when I’m happy) sounding like a high-pitched chime, which in turn attracts a similar sound to the type of friends, co-workers, etc that I have around. And when I’m down, my vibration sounds like a big bass drum and I attract that negativity to myself. It reminds me to pay attention and PIVOT.
Here’s to happiness and unlimited prosperity!
Much love BW’s,
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